And She Said No To Her Lover - Poem by Paul Hartal
"If you really love me, you cannot say no",
"O, I hate to say no, but I must", she replied.
"Then you don't love me."
"You are unfair and try to control me.
I don't like to be manipulated", she said.
"Wow, this is turning to be ugly."
"On the contrary, I think this can help
to improve our relationship."
"How could it? I think this sinks the ship
of our relationship", he said.
"No. This could improve our relationship,
because refusing your request frees me
from frustration and resentment", she said.
"And why would you be frustrated
and resentful? " he asked.
"Because you don't respect me", she said.
"But I do respect you".
"No. You don't."
"I don't understand you.
Why do you keep saying this? "
"Because if you really respect me,
you would be more considerate
and would not try to manipulate me."
"I don't try to manipulate you".
"Yes you do."
"I don't see how all this feud would lead us
to a better relationship", he said.
"If you care, it will. And my refusal
clears the way for understanding
each other better. It opens the door
to a greater love, because if you
really love me, you care about me
and respect my right to say no to you".
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